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Steven Gerrard impressed by Aston Villa ‘driven’ in victory over Leeds

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard said “everyone served and I loved it” after his side beat Leeds in an impressive 3-0 Premier League win at Elland Road.

Hilippe Coutinho’s opening goal in the 22nd minute made it harder for the home crowd and Villa scored two more well-deserved goals in the second half from Matty Cash and Calum Chambers.

Leeds were on the field at the first whistle in head coach Jesse Marsch’s first home game, but they were the second-best attacking team on the pitch ahead of Villa in high form.

Gerrard said: “It’s not easy coming to a team that has a change of manager. The crowd, the atmosphere, we had to control a lot of things tonight and put on a performance.

“But I looked around my team and everyone delivered tonight. I love it.”

Villa climbed to ninth in the rankings after their third straight win and afflicted Leeds with a record sixth consecutive loss in the league.

“I can’t ask for the players anymore,” Gerrard said. “I am incredibly proud of the way they did their job tonight.

I think we fully deserved our win and we got that under control. We dominated most of the game.Steven Gerrard

“I think we fully deserved our win and we had that under control. We dominated most of the game.

“We didn’t really start half as I would have liked. That’s the only thing I said to the players on the negative side.

“But once we were settled in both halves, some of the football that we played and the way we dominated not owning again, was a real plus.”

Leeds head coach Jesse Marsch replaced Marcelo Bielsa early last week and his attempt to keep the club in the top flight has been dealt a huge blow.

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Jesse Marsch admits he has work to do (PA)

His first game ended in a tight 1-0 defeat to Leicester and he says he won’t get much sleep after this most recent defeat.

The 48-year-old American said: “I am not afraid of the moment and the situation. In a way, I like to lean my back against the wall.

“This business is not about how good you are when you are good, but how good you are when it is really hard.

“Obviously we have a really difficult situation. I won’t get much sleep tonight, I can promise you that.

“But I will think carefully and make sure I regroup and help the team regroup, so on Sunday we can have a much better performance.”

Leeds went on to face bottom-of-table Norwich at Elland Road, while the last time they lost six consecutive games was in February 2004. They were further relegated from the Premier League at the end of that season.

Marsch said his players had succumbed to the pressure against another full home ground at Elland Road.

He added: “I underestimated the stress of this moment from the players’ point of view.

“But obviously from the start we lacked confidence and were aggressive in the game.

“I heard a lot about the crowds on Elland Road and from the start I thought it was amazing.

“But I can also see the players wanting to do very well for each other and for the club and the fans, which brings more pressure and stress on their shoulders.”

Marsch confirmed Junior Firpo, who was on a stretcher in the closing stages after the match against Emiliano Buendia, is likely to be sidelined for several weeks after sustaining a knee injury.

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